A young boy stomped and killed a 10-foot-long python featured in a petting zoo at a Catholic school's festival in Cincinnati, Ohio. House of Reptiles owner Scott Braunstein had brought snakes, alligators, lizards, spiders, and frogs to the St. Bernadette Festival as he has done for several years. The boy apparently told Braunstein that he hated snakes before, allegedly, expressing his dislike in a much more physical manner. From the Associated Press:
"The next thing I know ... the kid raises his leg and stomps down on the snake's head," Braunstein said. "The snake started convulsing."Link
Braunstein said he saw a man grab the child and say, "This is why I don't take you anywhere," before disappearing.
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